Iran’s shelling of Iraq’s Kurdistan Displaces Hundreds in Erbil

05 October 2011 2878 Hits

Stop Fundamentalism – As Iran continues to shell the Kurdish region of Iraq along its border with this country to eliminate the Iranian Kurdish opposition group PJAK, hundreds of residents in the region are forced to leave.

The displaced families are staying in tents near Bozan in Soran district and humanitarian groups express fear that disease may break in the camps they live in.

International Committee of Red Cross says it has provided food and basic hygienic necessities to some 600 people.  The supply should provide for a month says the head of ICRC’s sub-delegation in Erbil, Béatrice Oechsli.

Algeria Forgives Iraq’s $400 Million Debt

30 September 2011 7211 Hits

SF News - The Iraqi ambassador to Algeria, Uday Khair Allah, told reporters Wednesday that the Algerian government has decided to forgive all Iraq’s debt to this country and invited all Arab and world countries to follow Algeria’s footsteps.

Iraq’s debt to Algeria was estimated at $400 million.  The amount included $167 million in unpaid interests and over $91 million in payment delay fines.

Iraq will not Host International Matches until Further Notice

23 September 2011 2150 Hits

SF - Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) is asking Iraq to choose a third country as a location to conduct its remaining preliminary matches to Olympic football Tournaments in London 2012 and all Preliminary matches to the Brazil 2014 World Cup.

The organizing committee made the decision due to security reasons.

The third country cannot be any of Australia, UAE or Uzbekistan as they are opponents of Iraq in the qualifying matches for Olympics.

Iran Released American Hikers

21 September 2011 2595 Hits

Stop Fundamentalism - Iranian news agencies reported today that the two American hikers, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal have been released.  An Omani private plane landed in Tehran airport late last week to carry the two to Oman as soon as they were free. 

The release of the two Americans who were recently sentenced to 8 years of prison by the Iranian judiciary had become the subject of a major internal feud among ruling hardliners in Iran.

Iraq under whose sovereignty: Maliki or mullahs in Tehran?

Reza Fard 12 September 2011 8002 Hits

15 meter pole installed by Camp Ashraf to jam satellite transmission.  These are same equipment used in Iran to jam satellite TV programs inside Iran.

Reza Fard

Anti government demonstrators in Iraq have been repeating the same slogans across the country in the past six months: "Maliki is a lier", "Maliki; out" and "Iran; out out". These could clearly be heard on Aljazeera TV on Friday reporting live from Al-Tahrir Square of Baghdad. Some five thousand angry young demonstrators in the square, out of tens of thousands of others who were prevented from reaching the site by security forces deployed at dozens of check points around the area, vowed to continue with their protest until Maliki is gone.

This is a strong signal to the Iraqi government and its backers in Tehran in light of recent developments in Libya and Syria.

UNAMI: Iraq to Abide by International Law Dealing with Camp Ashraf

29 August 2011 4103 Hits

Stop Fundamentalism, 29 August 2011 – News sources reported today that Ad Melkert, the departing head of the UN mission in Iraq on Monday bluntly rejected Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s account of their farewell meeting, saying he did not embrace the government’s efforts to deport members of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) from Iraq by the end of the year.

The UNAMI also released a press release on its website calling on the government of Iraq to respect the international law in dealing with the residents of Camp Ashraf.

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